Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in new zealand:
"Setting exams and tests."
In theatre the most critical thing is sterility, in all respect your environment should be clean, instruments sterile and donning the appropriate attire to avoid infection, because infection is costly. It is critical to undertand the design of the operating rooms and the rational behind that. During orientation let the new RN to begin at the theatre sterilzation department to understand the cleaning process of instruments, different sterilization methods and the learning to know different names of instruments sets before they can start with the scrubbing and the assisting at oprations.

Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in Orlando:
"The real story."
You have to be able to function in every capacity, be flexible. You are the gate-keeper. Prepare to work non-stop, feel under-appreciated at times. Very high stress environment. Most of the responsibility in the OR is on you. You do what you do for the patients and their family. Money cannot be your motivation.An advance degree is not rewarded unless you want to pursue management or other levels of nursing. You will get verbal recognition sometimes. Having the knowledge and skills gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Improve yourself and advance in your career.

Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in Macon:
Have an open mind when starting a new job. Accept advice and help from colleges. Listen more than you talk.

Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in Miami:
"If you don't know ask."
Ask those more experienced than you for advice and guidance. Never be afraid to admit you don't know something. You hold a persons life in your hands on a daily basis. Take it seriously.

Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in Lancaster:
It's a wonderful job! Enriching, challenging, and always changing!

Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in Wooster:
"The people."
Pros: My coworkers.
Cons: The mandatory OT, not enough vacation availability.

Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in Edmond:
Pros: Co-workers.
Cons: Call. Schedule. Academics vs private doctors. Only one shift in or. Short staffed.